5-8)“Thus Eve with countenance blithe her story told;/But in her cheek distemper flushing glowed./On the other side, Adam, soon as he heard/The fatal trespass done by Eve, amazed/Astonied stood and blank, while horror chill/Ran through his veins and all his joints relaxed…." (Book IX, ll.
886-891).“Nor can I think that God, creator wise,/Though threatening, will in earnest so destroy/Us his prime creatures, dignified so high,/Set overall all his works, which in our fall,/For us created, needs with us must fail,/Dependent made; so God shall uncreate,/Be frustrate, do, undo, and labor lose…." (Book IX, ll.
Milton’s intent, expressed clearly in the epic poem’s opening lines, was to “justify the ways of God to men" (Book I, l. What are the ways of God that Milton wished to justify? For further reading, the following sources will provide an excellent starting point : This list of important quotations from “Paradise Lost” by John Milton will help you work with the essay topics and thesis statements above by allowing you to support your claims.
All of the important quotes from “Paradise Lost” listed here correspond, at least in some way, to the paper topics above and by themselves can give you great ideas for an essay by offering quotes about other themes, symbols, imagery, and motifs in “Paradice Lost” other than those already mentioned.
The reader is thus entrapped in a moral dilemma: How can one the Devil? Write about your feelings about the Devil as he is portrayed in “Paradise Lost"—you could also explore your feelings about God—and explain how you resolve the moral dilemma in which Milton involves the reader. Why is the character of Adam in “Paradise Lost” so child-like in his desire to understand how the world works?